The state American Civil Liberties Union released a statement Thursday condemning a Kennewick officer’s treatment of three young people during a stop.
It shows the veteran officer repeatedly swearing and threatening to make the teen and two 20-year-old part of his “quota.” Ball also tells the group he can make their records “look dirty.”
The video shows a “disheartening abuse of an officer’s powers” and no police chief should stand for Ball’s behavior, Jennifer Shaw, ACLU deputy director, said in the release.
“Fortunately, the young men were able to keep their cool in the face of this officer’s taunts and provocative behavior, and this encounter did not result in another officer-involved tragedy in the Tri-Cities,” Shaw said in the release.
Shaw noted the ACLU appreciates Chief Ken Hohenberg speaking out against Ball’s behavior.
“In our agency it is not the norm,” Hohenberg told the Herald on Wednesday. “When you talk about expectations, it doesn’t meet our expectations with how we treat people.”
The video has led to an internal investigation. Ball will remain on duty until the investigation is completed, police officials said.